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Dr. Paulus, standing, is accused of performing hear surgery on dozends of patients that did not need the procedures.
Doctors at King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland performed "medically unnecessary and harmful" heart procedures on more than 500 people, two lawsuits filed Tuesday claim.
The lawsuits, filed in state court, alleged that doctors at the medical center misrepresented the severity of patients' heart conditions to justify surgeries such as installing stents to get payments from federal healthcare programs.
The lawsuits name the hospital, several medical practices and Richard E. Paulus, a physician for whom the hospital's heart center is named. Paulus reportedly retired last year.
The lawsuit said federal authorities are investigating claims of widespread overuse of heart stents at the hospital.
Tom Dearing, a spokesman for King's Daughters, said the hospital "intends to defend the care provided by our cardiac program, of which we are very proud, and which has been recognized for its patient care and quality outcomes."
Dearing said some of the surgeries at issue date to 1995.
The Ashland lawsuits are similar to pending court claims of unnecessary heart surgeries at St. Joseph Hospital in London.
Louisville attorney Hans Poppe is involved in the claims against both hospitals.
The London hospital's parent company agreed in January to pay $16.5 million to the government to resolve false-billing claims related to heart procedures.
One doctor who practiced at the hospital, Sandesh R. Patil, pleaded guilty to federal charges of misrepresenting a patient's condition to justify a heart procedure. He is serving a 30-month sentence.
By Bill Estep
By Catrina VargoLouisa, KY. -- Workers at the Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center smelled smoke today, Monday, Feb. 24, but couldn't tell where it was coming from. When they opened the back door of the building, they saw fire burning in the grass on the hillside, and could hear the power transformer on the electric pole.Apparently, the transformer blew a fuse, and set off a spark which ignited the tall grass behind the building.
The Louisa Fire Dept. was called, and quickly arrived on the scene, where the firefighters put out the fire, containing the blaze just before it started down the hill toward the Food City plaza.AEP arrived to assess the situation, and the power was off at the FBAMC building for a couple hours. Mike Holbrook, with AEP said "sometimes they just go bad."
By Catrina VargoLouisa, KY -- Last week, a fundraiser was held in Louisville, KY at the Galt House for Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic candidate running for U. S. State Senator against Republican Mitch McConnell who has held the seat for the past 30 years.Five members of the Lawrence Co. Democratic Women's Club attended the event where former President Bill Clinton was the featured speaker, a rare and exciting opportunity Kathy Hinkle, Cathi Kise Blair, Carolyn Davis, Juanita Blankenship, and Claudette Johnson, the ladies who traveled to the special luncheon on Tue. Feb. 25.The jam packed event brought in over 1,200 supporters. The response was so great that additional seating had to be added. Grimes, 35, who has vowed to sign a bill raising the minimum wage, has been making waves in the political world where analysts say she has a good shot at unseating McConnell, 72, who Grimes describes as "out of touch, out of ideas, and with your help, out of time." Grimes' focus is on the the middle class, addressing the issues of job creation, closing the gender wage gap, and making child care more affordable, just to name a few. She says she can work with anyone, unlike McConnell.The crowd roared when former President Bill Clinton and Alison Grimes entered the ballroom. Grimes said "Kentucky is Clinton country." Clinton commented on Grimes pamphlet which includes her job creation plan, saying "she is doing so well because the plan shows a contrast with Mitch McConnell who's for not doing anything and just obstructs things." Clinton told the crowd "Congress can either have a creative cooperation or a constant conflict." Speaking about Grimes's ideas in the booklet, Clinton said "I'm here to tell you it will make a big difference, Alison Lundergan Grimes should win it, and with your help, she will."Other featured speakers at the fundraising event included former Governor Martha Layne Collins, Congressman John Yarmuth, Governor Steve Beshear, and Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson."The crowd was so enthusiastic" said Lawrence County Democratic Women's Club member, Cathi Kise Blair. "This was the first fundraiser event that I have attended, and of course the highlight for me was seeing former President Bill Clinton. I think Alison has a great chance of beating McConnell this fall."
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